Eleven-Years Ago (04-July-2007) — Colorado

Summer in Colorado. Railroad to Pikes Peak.

Eleven-years ago on a lark I drove from Boulder to Colorado Springs and then to Manitou Springs to take the Cog Wheeled Railroad to the summit of Pikes Peak. Little did I know that you needed reservations for the cog rail trip to Pikes Peak, and that all trips were sold out for the day. I was very lucky that someone in line before me was unhappy that their party was not all sitting together and turned in their tickets. Once I got on board the train, I realized that I won the lottery since my ticket was for the front seat. This allowed me to set up a tripod and camera to capture images for a time-lapse video for the train ride. So as not to annoy the other passengers on the train I used a small Gitzo travel tripod, my smallest camera body, and a small lens. Going up the mountain I used a 18-200 mm lens at 18 mm. Going down the mountain my seat was now in the rear of the train looking back. For this I used a 10.5 mm fisheye lens. This was a case of being in the right place at the right time!!!

Steam Engine at Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 10.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Steam Engine at Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 10.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz Define, and Photoshop CS5.

Eleven-Years Ago (24-June-2007) — Colorado

Summer in Colorado. Front Range 2007 Air Show.

P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Eagle. Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Both pilots appear to be looking my way since I was standing at the turn marker on the field.

P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)








Individual Images from the slide shows can be found here.

Ten-Years Ago (01-June-2008) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park: Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird marking its territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec).

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Marking Its Territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Marking Its Territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (06-January-2008) — Colorado

Gone to See America 2008: Wintertime in Rocky Mountain National Park.

One of the benefits when I was working part-time (two weeks a month) in Boulder, Colorado was that Rocky Mountain National Park was only an hour drive. I got to see and take pictures in the park during all four seasons. A winter storm was approaching, so I only spent a few hours in the park.

Lone Tree with a Winter Storm Approaching. Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lone Tree with a Winter Storm Approaching. Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


Ten-Years Ago (19-December-2007) — Colorado

Morning in Boulder: Colorful Clouds and Panorama

I got permission to get onto the roof of the Sirna facility in Boulder to take pictures. I had been planning to do a panorama for some time, and saw some colorful clouds developing. I got up to the roof in time and got the picture. I also noticed an interesting sign (someone working there apparently thought they were “God”). By the time that I got the images for the Boulder Flatirons panorama the colors were gone, and the light had gone flat.

Colorful Dawn Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 38 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 38 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Roof of the Sirna Facility in Boulder at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 18 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Roof of the Sirna Facility in Boulder at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 18 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Panorama of the Mountains and Flatirons from Boulder. Composite of 8 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Panorama of the Mountains and Flatirons from Boulder. Composite of 8 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)